Asteroid: Mission Extreme Coming to ‘Imiloa

July 25, 2016, 11:34 AM HST
* Updated July 25, 11:37 AM
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asteroid mission extreme‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will bring a thrilling new planetarium show to the Big Island in September.

Presented by National Geographic, Asteroid: Mission Extreme will immerse audiences in 3D, full-dome surround sound and takes them on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity.

The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating possibility that asteroids could be stepping-stones to other worlds—veritable way stations in space that could enable us to cross the Solar System.

As with any venture into outer space, the challenges involved with making this idea a reality are enormous; however, a mission this extreme could ultimately teach us how to protect our planet and successfully inhabit other worlds.

Asteroid: Mission Extreme will be presented at 2 p.m. daily in the ‘Imiloa Planetarium Tuesday through Sunday throughout the month.


Tickets will be available for purchase at ‘Imiloa’s front desk, or over the phone at (808) 932-8901.


‘Imiloa members are invited to view this show early during a special member preview and appreciation night on Aug. 25.

Become a member today to participate in this special preview event.

For more information on membership, email [email protected] or call (808) 932-8901.


Asteroid: Mission Extreme is produced by National Geographic and Sky-Skan, and narrated by Sigourney Weaver. This 25-minute show is suitable for general audiences and school groups.

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class center for informal science education located on the University of Hawai‘i campus. Its centerpiece is a 12,000-square-foot exhibit hall, showcasing astronomy and Hawaiian culture as parallel journeys of human exploration guided by the light of the stars.

The visitor experience is amplified with programming using ‘Imiloa’s 3D full-dome planetarium and nine acres of native landscape gardens.

The center welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year, including 10,000-plus schoolchildren on guided field trips and other educational programs.

‘Imiloa is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off of Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park.

For more information, visit or call (808) 932-8901.


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